6 Most Effective Ways to Manage Oily Skin

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Managing Oily Face

6 Most Effective Ways to Manage Oily Skin

1. Wipe your face with a cleansing oil

Cleansing oil might seem like the last thing you need. It breaks down sebum, dirt, and makeup while adding moisture. A good option is sea buckthorn berry oil, a remedy proven to control excess sebum.1 You could also try jojoba oil which is believed to mimic sebum on the skin to “trick” sebaceous glands into producing less sebum and help keep oil levels balanced. That said, it’s important to note that there’s no scientific research to support this theory so you’d have to give it a go to see if your skin truly responds well to it.

2. Limit washing your face to twice a day

Oily skin might make you want to scrub your skin clean several times a day. But it’s important to limit washing your face to twice a day and after sweating. Overdoing it will just strip away natural oils and some sebum is needed for healthy, supple skin.

Be sure to cleanse your skin after using a cleansing oil to get rid of any excess oil and gunk. Try and avoid products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Although these ingredients fight acne, they’re also quite drying. Consider using them in spot treatments instead.

3. Keep your hands off!

Touching your face isn’t good, because your fingers can carry bacteria that will make your skin break out even more.

4. Use a face mask 2–3 times a week

Since oily skin is more prone to breakouts and acne, treating your skin to a face mask 2–3 times a week will unclog pores and remove trapped oil and dirt. Besides, it’s a relaxing, easy way to give your skin a pick-me-up. Better yet, a mask with oil-absorbing ingredients will handle excess sebum.

5. Don’t forget to moisturize

Even oily skin needs to stay hydrated. Otherwise, dryness will make your sebaceous glands work even harder. Use a water-based moisturizer with zero fragrance. Doing so will keep your pores from being burdened with more oil.

6. Eat the right food

Although there isn’t enough research to fully understand the benefits of a clean diet on skin, traditional medicine holds that oily skin is worsened by consuming a diet high in greasy fast food. Besides, switching to dark, leafy vegetables as well as fruits, nuts, and whole grains can give your skin the nutrition it needs to stay healthy.

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